CFP: 2018 Information Ethics Roundtable—University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Information Ethics Roundtable 2018: Surveillance, Algorithms, and Digital Culture
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
May 17-18, 2018

Basic Information

  • Proposals Due: February 5, 2018
  • Notification of Acceptance: March 5, 2018
  • Full Papers Due: April 23, 2018
  • Registration Deadline: May 4, 2018
  • Conference Website:


The 16th annual Information Ethics Roundtable (IER) will explore the interconnections and interdependencies between Surveillance, Algorithms, and Digital Culture that exist in the contemporary information society. Our daily lives and activities take place in digital media; information provision is highly personalized; decision-making is guided (automated) by the use of algorithms, machine learning, and artificial intelligence; personal information is traded on the information market by platforms and data brokers; and surveillance, in many forms, is increasingly pervading both the public-facing and more intimate aspects of our daily lives. In the 2018 edition of IER, we seek proposals that approach these interconnections and interdependencies through the lens of information ethics (writ large, to include those working in multiple fields and with differing methods).

The Information Ethics Roundtable (held annually since 2003) is a yearly conference that brings together researchers from disciplines such as philosophy, information science, communications, public administration, anthropology, and law to discuss ethical issues such as information privacy, intellectual property, intellectual freedom, and censorship.

Proposals for IER 2018 should be situated within the general field of information ethics (although participants are expected to come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds) and, ideally, should connect two or more of the following areas of inquiry:

  • Surveillance, privacy, and/or data protection
 – Algorithms, machine learning, and/or artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Digital culture, digital media, social media, and/or other forms of digital media (non-)use

Proposal Requirements
We invite two types of proposals:

  1. Papers: please submit a 500-word abstract of your paper. If accepted, you are expected to submit a full paper prior to the Roundtable, and you will be presenting the paper at the conference. The paper will not be stored in a public repository or published in proceedings.
  2. Panels: please submit a 1500-word description of your panel. The description should include: i) description of the topic, ii) biographies of the panel members, ii) organization of the panel. It is a requirement that panels focus tightly on a specific emergent topic, technology, phenomena, policy, or the like, with clear connections between the presentations.

Proposals should be sent to:  Please include the subject line: “IER 2018 proposal”

We are also interested in receiving expressions of interest to serve as a commenter/discussant for another person’s paper, as each author with an accepted paper will be paired with a commenter who will provide formal feedback and comments during the conference (after the initial paper presentation; discussants will be included in the official conference program). Expressions of interest should be sent to: by April 16, 2018, although decisions will be made on a rolling basis after March 5, 2018 (the paper notification deadline). Please include the subject line: “IER 2018 commenter.”


CFP: 2017–18 Intellectual Property Edition, Akron Law Review

Call for Papers: 2017–18 Intellectual Property Edition, Akron Law Review

Basic Information

The Akron Law Review invites papers regarding any and all issues related to the field of intellectual property. Each spring, the Akron Law Review publishes a separate edition dedicated to the practice of intellectual property law, known as the Intellectual Property Edition. Past publications have covered topics ranging from patents and trademarks, to IP licensing, copyrights, and a host of other IP related issues. We encourage the submission of all articles which may serve to have an impact on the field and practice of intellectual property. This issue of the Intellectual Property Edition will be published in the Akron Law Review in the spring of the 2017-2018 Academic Year.

Current Slate

We here at the Akron Law Review are very excited for this year’s IP Edition. A number of top scholars in the field of intellectual property will be gracing the pages of our publication this coming spring. Among those who will be publishing in the 2017/18 IP Edition are:

  • Mark McKenna, Notre Dame Law School
  • F. Scott Kieff, George Washington University Law School
  • Patrick Goold, Harvard Law School
  • Janewa Osei-Tutu, Florida International University College of Law
  • Srividhya Ragavan, Texas A&M University School of Law
  • Dalindyebo Shabalala, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Saurabh Vishnubhakat, Texas A&M University School of Law

In addition to the above list of authors, there is still room for yet a few more articles in this year’s IP Edition. We invite anyone who wishes to join this prestigious list of scholars to submit an article for consideration in this year’s publication.

The Akron Law Review strives to publish timely, high quality articles. For the five most recent years (2011-2015), the Akron Law Review ranked in the top 62 for student-edited, general journals in the Washington and Lee Law Library law journal rankings for “impact factor” and in the top 63 for student-edited, general journals in the category of “combined score.” This year’s annual IP Edition will continue the tradition of strong contribution to the constantly evolving landscape of intellectual property.

Submission Guidelines

We welcome articles and essays of any length. We request article submission no later than August 31, 2017. You may submit proposals and manuscripts to the Akron Law Review by:

  1. Submitting an electronic copy of your article to Nick Bagnolo, Managing Editor of the IP Edition, at; or
  2. Mailing a copy to The University of Akron School of Law, c/o Nick Bagnolo, 150 University Avenue, Akron, OH 44325-2901.

If you submit electronically, please indicate in the subject line of your e-mail that the submission is for the 2017-18 Intellectual Property Edition.

Please direct questions to Nick Bagnolo, Managing Editor of the IP Edition, Akron Law Review, at

CFP: 3rd IPScholars Asia Works-In-Progress Conference 2018 at Singapore Mgmt. University

3rd IPScholars Asia Works-In-Progress Conference

March 1–2, 2018
Singapore Management University
55 Armenian Street

Basic Information


The Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia (ARCIALA), School of Law, Singapore Management University (SMU), is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 3rd Works-in-Progress Conference “IPScholars Asia” on 1-2 March 2018.

“IPScholars Asia” is one of the annual signature events of ARCIALA and the School of Law at SMU. The Inaugural Conference took place in January 2016 and was followed by the 2nd edition in February 2017.

“IPScholars Asia” is an initiative that has been created in order to provide a forum for scholars researching and writing on IP law-related issues to present and discuss their works-in-progress with colleagues from other universities.

Call for Papers

Scholars who are interested in presenting their works-in-progress at the 3rd Works-in-Progress Conference “IPScholars Asia” can submit the request to present by responding to this Call for Papers.

ARCIALA welcomes senior and junior academics to be part of the 2018 edition of the Conference.

We welcome submissions by scholars from a variety of disciplines, including legal scholars, economists, sociologists, etc. We also welcome submissions for interdisciplinary scholarship.

All scholars writing on Asian law and comparative law are welcome to apply to present their research.


Interested scholars should submit the request to present their works-in-progress by emailing the following information to ARCIALA at the address

  • a title and short abstract of their work-in-progress (500 words or less) as a Word or PDF attachment
  • academic affiliation, including a short bio (200 words or less) as Word or PDF attachment

Please indicate “IPScholars Asia 2018” in the email subject line.

Non-Presenting Attendees

ARCIALA also welcomes non-presenting attendees on a space-available basis. Please email your request to attend the 3rd Works-in-Progress Conference “IPScholars Asia” as a non-presenting attendee, to ARCIALA at the following email address:

Important Dates

  • The deadline to submit an abstract and a request to present is 31 October 2017. Late requests will be considered only based on schedule availability.
  • We will send notifications of acceptance to selected applicants by 30 November 2017.
  • The schedule of the Conference will be available by 1 February 2018.

There is no paper publication requirement to participate in the 3rd Works-in-Progress Conference “IPScholars Asia”.

We will distribute in advance the soft-copy (PDF) of the abstracts of the works-in-progress that will be presented at the Conference. Presenters are also encouraged (but not obliged) to submit a paper draft before the Conference for circulation. The deadline for submitting draft papers will be announced at the time of acceptance of a request to present.

Conference Schedule

The Conference will start on Thursday, 1 March 2018, at 9 a.m., and continue until 6.30 p.m. (inclusive of tea and lunch breaks). A casual dinner will follow at the conclusion of the first day.

The Conference will resume on Friday, 2 March 2018, at 9 a.m., and continue until 6.30 p.m. (inclusive of tea and lunch breaks). Thereafter there will be a casual farewell dinner for those who have time to attend.

Time allotted to each presentation will depend on the final number of presenters. Usually. each presenter will have 30 minutes for the presentation and questions. We encourage participants to reserve a considerable amount of the allotted time for questions and comments.

As in 2016 and 2017, we will have two or more key note speakers during the conference.

We would like to encourage all participants—presenters and attendees—to attend the whole Conference (i.e. Thursday and Friday) in order to offer to all presenters the same opportunity for feedback on their research.

Funding for the Conference

There will be no registration fee or any other costs associated with attending the 3rd Works-in-Progress Conference “IPScholars Asia”.

In addition, ARCIALA will provide complimentary refreshments, lunch, and dinner during the two days of the Conference.

However, Conference presenters and attendees must cover their own travel-related and accommodation expenses. They will also be responsible for obtaining and covering the costs related to their travel visa and any other necessary travel documents.

Travel Arrangements

Conference presenters and attendees are responsible for arranging their own travel to attend the 3rd Works-in-Progress Conference “IPScholars Asia”.

ARCIALA will reserve several rooms in hotels near the School of Law that offer a preferred rate. We will post the relevant information on the Conference website by 15 November 2017. Participants can book a room with these hotels directly on their own account.

We also encourage participants to check for affordable hotel rates and other discounted travel arrangements online.

Limited Financial Assistance

We are currently trying to secure funds to partially assist a limited number of IP scholars in financial need to attend the 3rd Works-in-Progress Conference “IPScholars Asia”.

Scholars from developing countries who have been accepted to present at the Conference and who cannot otherwise secure financial support to attend the Conference can contact us at and submit a request for partial sponsorship to attend the Conference by 15 December 2017.

Each request will be considered individually based on the availability of funds. ARCIALA may be able, however, to satisfy only a small number of these requests.

We are also working with potential partners which may directly sponsor travel for a few selected presenters. Updates in this respect will be posted as soon as possible.


To submit an abstract click here

To request to participate without presenting click here

Campus map and Information about Singapore

School of Law –

Campus Map –

For first time visitors to Singapore, you may find information on Singapore via the following website:


For any queries, feel free to email us at

John Marshall Law School: International Patent Prosecution and Practice Seminar

International Patent Prosecution and Practice Seminar

Thursday, September 14, 2017, 7:50 AM–Friday, September 15, 2017 at 5:30 PM (CDT)
Center for Intellectual Property, Information & Privacy Law
John Marshall Law School
Chicago, IL

Basic Information


International Patent Prosecution and Practice offers a two-day comprehensive CLE program that brings together seasoned experts to provide instruction on the issues of contemporary significance when seeking to obtain patent rights under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and the European Patent Convention (EPC), as well as enforcing such patent rights. Programming is provided by the World Intellectual Property Organization and Kuhnen & Wacker, and is co-hosted by The John Marshall Law School.

Key Topics

  • Recent and Future Developments
  • Procedures and Time Limits
  • Filing Strategies for U.S. Applicants
  • Claim Drafting, Correcting Defects, and Amendments
  • Claiming and Restoring Priority
  • Search and Examination
  • Opposition Procedures
  • Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court
  • EPC (UPP) vs. AIA
  • Global Patent Practice Do’s and Don’ts


Duke Innovation Policy Event: Is Administrative Review of Granted Patents Constitutional?

Is Administrative Review of Granted Patents Constitutional?

Friday, September 22, 2017, 1:00 PM–4:00 PM
(Lunch available 12:00 noon)
Duke in DC
1201 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20004

Basic Information


In June 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group, a case in which the petitioner argues that the most prominent U.S. Patent and Trademark Office process for analyzing the validity of granted patents “violates the Constitution by extinguishing private property rights through a non-Article III forum without a jury.” This half-day conference will gather distinguished practitioners and legal scholars from a variety of perspectives to discuss potential implications of the case for patent law, for the administrative state, and for affected industries.


  • Donald Verrilli, Munger, Tolles & Olson
  • Erika Arner, Finnegan, Henderson
  • John Duffy, University of Virginia Law School
  • The Hon. Timothy Dyk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (invited)
  • Greg Garre, Latham & Watkins (invited)
  • John Golden, University of Texas Law School
  • Jonathan Massey, Massey & Gail
  • Mike Messinger, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox
  • Adam Mossoff, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
  • Arti Rai, Duke Law School
  • Greg Reilly, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Hans Sauer, Biotechnology Industry Organization
  • James Smith, Ecolab (former Chief Judge, PTAB)
  • Rob Sterne, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox
  • John Thorne, Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick
  • Melissa Wasserman, University of Texas Law School

Agenda forthcoming.

Organized By

The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law
Box 90360 | 210 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708-0360 U.S.A.

CPIP 2017 Fall Conference

CPIP Fifth Annual Fall Conference:  Real Intellectual Property Reform

October 12-13, 2017
Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
Arlington, Virginia

Basic Information

Keynote Speaker

T.J. Stiles, Pulitzer Prize-winning author


This unique conference will highlight how IP can work more effectively. IP has several jobs, all of them essential to flourishing individual lives and national economies. It secures investments in creative and inventive activity and careers, it is the foundation for the commercialization of innovation and creative works, and it helps to improve and enrich the lives of creators, inventors, and the public. While it serves these functions, it could always do better. Moreover, in recent years, there have been attempts by scholars, governments, and courts to “rein in” IP that have both intentionally and unintentionally made IP less effective.

Our conference will encourage and discuss proposals to make IP work more effectively. We will seek to understand how IP institutions could work better and serve their purposes more productively. As is the hallmark of all CPIP events, scholars, inventors, creators, and industry representatives will talk about the real world impact of and practicality of the ideas we discuss.

BU Law Intellectual Property Day

As part of the newly launched BU Technology Policy Research Initiative, BU Law is hosting a small “Intellectual Property Day” conference on July 25, 2017.

The agenda is available here:

If you’re passing through the Boston area, we would love to have you join. To give us a head count for lunch, please register at the website or drop an email to Mike Meurer at

After the Digital Tornado: Networks, Algorithms, and Humanity

After the Digital Tornado: Networks, Algorithms, and Humanity

November 17–18, 2017
The Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania

Networks powered by algorithms are eating everything. Many contemporary technology trends—Internet of Things, Big Data, Platform Economy, Blockchain, and Algorithmic Society—are manifestations of this larger phenomenon. Growing tensions around governance, innovation, surveillance, competition, consumer/worker protection, privacy, and discrimination are best understood within a broader frame. The algorithmic networked world poses deep questions about power, freedom, fairness, and human agency.

Twenty years ago, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission issued the working paper, “Digital Tornado,” one of the first examinations by a government agency of the transformative potential of the internet. Today we find ourselves in a world where little remains untouched by the wave of digital connectivity. Yet fundamental questions remain unresolved, and new questions have emerged. Through the conference and associated edited volume, a distinguished interdisciplinary group of scholars will consider the challenges and opportunities as the physical and digital worlds merge.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Yochai Benkler (Harvard Law School)
  • Julie Cohen (Georgetown Law)
  • Brett Frischmann (Villanova)
  • Kartik Hosanagar (Wharton)
  • Orly Lobel (San Diego Law School)
  • Viktor Mayer-Schoenberger (Oxford)
  • Deirdre Mulligan (UC Berkeley)
  • Helen Nissenbaum (Cornell Tech)
  • Christian Sandvig (Michigan)
  • Siva Vaidhyanathan (Virginia)
  • Kevin Werbach (Wharton)
  • Tim Wu (Columbia Law)
  • Shoshana Zuboff (Harvard Business School)

Registration will be free but space is limited. To be notified when registration is available, please email

CFP: Intellectual Property Section Program at the 2018 AALS Annual Meeting

CFP: Intellectual Property Section Program, 2018 AALS Annual Meeting

Friday, January 5, 2018, 8:30–10:15am
San Diego, CA

Important Dates

  • Title/abstract submissions due:  Friday, July 28, 2017, 5pm EST
  • Accepted panelists notified:  Friday, August 11, 2017


The Section on Intellectual Property is pleased to announce a Call for Papers from which five presenters will be selected for a Section program to be held during the AALS 2018 Annual Meeting in San Diego.

The Program title is “International IP Law in a Post-TPP/TTIP, Post-Brexit World.” The Section chose this topic because many international institutions are under great stresses and strains, as hostility toward trade agreements rises—at least among some—and nations reconsider how they relate to international bodies. Where is international IP law headed in this new environment? Where is comparative IP headed? Can new international institutions, such as the Unitary Patent Court, thrive? How will the EU’s IP directives and systems fare in the UK after Brexit? How will the changing landscape affect Internet governance? The panel presentations will reflect the ways that recent international events and stressors such as these may affect intellectual property law.

The Program is scheduled for Friday, January 5th, 2018, 8:30 – 10:15 am.


Papers, which should should not have been published before January 2018, will be selected by members of the Executive Committee of the Section, on the basis of abstracts submitted. All full-time faculty members of AALS member and fee-paid law schools are eligible to submit abstracts. Please note that presenters will be responsible for paying their registration fee and hotel and travel expenses.

Please submit a Title and Abstract (500 word maximum) by 5 pm eastern, Friday, July 28, 2017. Please make your submission as a one-page pdf, sent as an email attachment to If we receive insufficient submissions, the Executive Committee will invite additional participants for the panel.

The authors of the selected papers will be notified by Friday, August 11, 2017.

Please direct any inquiries about this Call for Papers to the panel’s moderator, Professor Ann Bartow, University of New Hampshire Law School,

CFP: The Power of PTAB—The New Authority in Patent Law

The Power of PTAB—The New Authority in Patent Law

October 20–21, 2017
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Chicago, IL


On October 20–21, 2017, the Chicago-Kent’s Center for Empirical Studies of Intellectual Property (CESIP) will host a conference on “The Power of PTAB: The New Authority in Patent Law.”  The conference includes a public session on Friday, October 20 that will bring together academics, practitioners, and policy makers to discuss issues related to PTAB’s expanded role.  The conference continues on Saturday, October 21 with a half-day scholars’ roundtable to discuss emerging PTAB issues.

Call for Papers

We have a number of leading scholars working on PTAB-related issues already confirmed as speakers and seek to fill a few remaining spots through this open call for paper proposals.  The deadline is Friday, July 21, 2017.

We welcome proposals for PTAB-related papers on any topic, using any methodology, and of any length.  Empirical projects are especially encouraged; researchers can apply to CESIP for a grant of $500-$1000 stipend (details to follow after abstract submission by deadline). Papers will be published in the Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property.

Selection of participants will be by Chicago-Kent IP faculty based on space availability; fit with the conference’s theme; and contribution to a conference that is diverse along all measures.

Chicago-Kent will cover two nights of lodging for invited participants and provide meals during the conference.  Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements.

Application Process 

To submit a proposal for the conference, please send a summary under 500 words describing the proposed topic (and methodology, if relevant) by July 21, 2017.

Proposals should be sent by email to Professor Ed Lee ( and Professor Greg Reilly (